"The temptation to use power to secure the faith has arisen again and again in various forms throughout the centuries, and again and again faith has risked being suffocated in the embrace of power. The struggle for the freedom of the Church, the struggle to avoid identifying Jesus’ Kingdom with any political structure, is one that has to be fought century after century. For the fusion of faith and political power always comes at a price: faith becomes the servant of power and must bend to its criteria."
Who taught the pope to write?
As early as Page 32, he takes on the Latin American subversives who agitated for liberation theology, an outlook that frames Jesus as a revolutionary who demands that poverty be eased in this world, instead of waiting for justice in the next.
It is probably no coincidence that the book comes out just as Pope Benedict travels this week in Brazil, the largest Catholic country in the world, and one of the most problematic for Rome, as thousands of Catholics leave the church daily for the more passionate, less strict Pentecostal denominations.
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